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This week, President of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Eiki Nestor is on a visit to Israel at the invitation of the Speaker of the Knesset. He will visit the Parliament of Israel the Knesset in Jerusalem and learn about the success stories of the start-ups of Israel in Tel Aviv.

“The relations between Estonia and Israel are becoming ever closer in the fields of culture and economy as well as technology, and we are really happy about it,” Nestor said. This year, Israel celebrates its 70th and Estonia its 100th anniversary. “Innovativeness is one thing we have in common with our 30-years younger friend, and also the knowledge that a free democratic country is not to be taken for granted – it is a value that has to be kept and defended every day,” the President of the Riigikogu emphasised.

Today, Nestor will visit the Parliament of Israel in Jerusalem and meet with Speaker of the Knesset Yuli-Yoel Edelstein and representatives of the opposition. At the Knesset, the Estonian delegation will also have meetings with the Subcommittee for Cyber Defence and members of the parliamentary friendship group with Estonia. Eiki Nestor will also participate in the wreath-laying ceremony at the Holocaust remembrance centre Yad Vashem and sign the guest book. At the Garden of the Righteous Among the Nations, they will stop at the tree planted in the honour of Estonian theologian, poet and philosopher Uku Masing and his wife Eha. During the German occupation of Estonia, Masing and his wife sheltered a Jewish student, folklorist Isidor Levin, at their home, saving his life.

Tomorrow the Estonian delegation will be in Tel Aviv and get an overview of the success stories of the innovation and start-ups of Israel. They will also visit the Estonian Embassy and meet with the citizens of Estonia and the community connected with Estonia in Israel.

During the visit, the President of the Riigikogu is accompanied by Chairwoman of the Estonia-Israel Parliamentary Group Keit Pentus-Rosimannus.

Riigikogu Press Service
Kristi Sobak
Phone +372 631 6592, +372 5190 6975
E-mail kristi.sobak@riigikogu.ee
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